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Visually impaired raise cane to promote awareness in Los Altos

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Sarah Hudson, left – with Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, deputy chief of staff of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins – support the cause at the Oct. 19 gathering in Veterans Community Plaza.

Members of the visually impaired community gathered Oct. 19 in downtown Los Altos to recognize White Cane Awareness Day, an initiative that promotes safety for the blind and honors those who sacrificed their sight in service to the country.

Many veterans were among the 50 or so supporters who convened at the recently renamed Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

They're looking for a few good men (and women)

Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier
Members of this year’s Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee include, from left, Jerry Tomanek, John Cardoza, Morvari Ahi, Rebecca Hickman, Patty Radlo, Gary Waldeck, Jean Mordo, Dennis Young and Ben Gikis. Not pictured are members Sunita Mehta, Paul Nyberg and Ed Infante.

The Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Monday.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

Resident spins famous ‘Wheel’ Monday night

Courtesy of “Wheel of Fortune”
Los Altos native Emily Sweet is all smiles outside the set of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Headed off to college in Los Angeles and scoping out the peculiarities of her new land, Los Altos native Emily Sweet realized that “Wheel of Fortune” was filmed near her new home. The series – America’s longest-running game show and popular beyond any prediction when it premiered in 1975 – remains one of the most-watched TV shows.

Sweet, a St. Francis High School graduate, sent in an audition tape as a freshman but didn’t hear back. Years passed. But over the summer, the now-senior at Loyola Marymount University received a call inviting her to compete for a spot in a special college edition of the show. She auditioned and was picked to represent her school.

Community Briefs

Mtn. View celebrates Day of the Dead

The Mountain View Historical Association has partnered with Club Estrella to bring the first Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebration to Mountain View 1-4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

The event will feature presentations on Mountain View’s Mexican heritage, including one by Crisanto Castro – descendant of the Castro family for which Castro Street is named – and a performance by Mariachi Tapatio.

Hidden Villa's 'Little Pumpkins' celebrate harvest

Little Pumpkin PartyJunior farmers from around the region gathered at Hidden Villa’s “Little Pumpkin Party” Sunday to stuff a scarecrow, clap along to seasonal music and press apples for cider.

LA resident emphasizes outreach during Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick is making an impact during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

WomenSV, her nonprofit organization, is the only Los Altos agency that helps victims of domestic violence. With a fundraiser at the end of October, she is hoping to build on five years of work, during which she has helped 550 people from around the area.

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